austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

We met a little man with a funny funny face

Oh, now, as the night at my sister-in-law's and her husband's progressed, we got into chatting on all sorts of things but somehow matters turned inevitably to pop culture. In particular, they turned to Mork and Mindy, because there had been a marathon of episodes earlier that day which they didn't tell me about because they were sure I'd watched it; in fact, I haven't watched either Mork or Mindy since around whenever they went off the air, with maybe one or two episodes by surprise caught in syndication.

It's easy to forget a lot about the show, such as how the opening credits lasted for roughly ten minutes, which makes it a relief they had a good theme. (They apparently felt it very important to establish that the show took place in Boulder, Colorado, which does make a big difference in the events.) Also about the music store they had the first season. It's easy to forget, or to at least suppress, the memories of the final season with Mearth. What they were wondering about was the large tribble-like thing that chases Mindy.

My reaction was: what tribble-like thing that chases Mindy? And I had not the slightest recollection of any of this. More, web searches turned up precious little since it's obviously got to be a pet, but the only pet that episode guides find worth mentioning is Mork's pet caterpillar. But it can be seen if, say, you watch the credits to the episode ``Mork and Mindy meet Rick and Ruby'', just after Mork leaps out of the attic, and as the credit for Jim Staahl appears, and it is clearly not a furry bag covering a remote-control car. I still suspect they're making it up even after I've seen the videos. And consider that I remember the taste and contents of Mork bubble gum.

The episode guide doesn't make it obvious (it does appear to be named Bebo and come from a sequence where Mork was losing his Orkness), although it offers such insane things I can't imagine how they were not burned into my brain, such as: ``After the evil [ Neptunian ] Kalnik has bombed their apartment, leaving them on the run, Mork, Mindy, and Mearth decide their only chance of surviving is to go public about Mork's real roots''. Later in the story they mean to escape to Rome and accidentally ``wind up with prehistoric tribesmen in an Okus cave''. What was going on back then?

Trivia: During a delay during the countdown to launch of Apollo 17, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans fell asleep; Commander Eugene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt complained of his snoring. Source: A Man On The Moon, Andrew Chaikin.

Currently Reading: Sun in A Bottle: The Strange History Of Fusion And The Science Of Wishful Thinking, Charles Seife. Huh. Philo Farnsworth, of television fame, really did build a tabletop fusion device. I had thought it was a throwaway bit of urban legend-spreading when it was mentioned in The Farnsworth Invention last year, which I suppose I never did get around to reviewing, did I?


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